Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Sixers' Ben Simmons named Eastern Conference player of week

Sixers' Ben Simmons named Eastern Conference player of week

Minnesota blew an eight-point lead in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation and trailed by one in OT before closing on a 9-2 run.

Meanwhile, the Bucks slipped into the No. 7 seed and will face the second-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They'll face off against the number sixth seed Miami Heat in the first round of the postseason.

The NBA playoffs begin this weekend, though the official dates and times for the games have not been announced yet.

The Sixers had to win to earn the three spot and they dominated a Bucks team that was fighting for seeding in the playoffs. Unlike some of the NBA's "Super Teams", Coach Brown's squad exudes a fantastic, nearly familial energy that's absolutely contagious and has truly taken the city by storm.

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The Philadelphia 76ers (52-30) closed out their regular season on Wednesday night with a dominating win over the Milwaukee Bucks, 130-96.

With 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Sixers' 130-95 win against the Bucks at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, Fultz entered his name in the National Basketball Association record books, becoming the youngest player ever to achieve a triple-double.

Embiid wore a black mask during warmups to protect his broken bone around his left eye, then changed into his garish outfit to watch the Sixers romp to a stunning 80-44 lead at the break.

Jabari Parker paced the Bucks with 25 points off the bench. Embiid leads the team with 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games, helping Philly clinch its first playoff berth since 2012. "Trust the Process!" during the victory to honour the once-maligned losing strategy that allowed team management to draft top prospects including Simmons, Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz.

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LeBron James scored 10 points in just over 10 minutes before the Cavaliers absorbed a 110-98 loss to the Knicks. Three of the four games were decided by six points or less.

When he did suit up, Fultz averaged 7.1 points on 40.5 percent shooting, 3.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.9 steals.

The Sixers led by as many as 30 points in the opening period, the largest first-quarter lead in the National Basketball Association since the Los Angeles Clippers held a 31-point advantage over the Sixers en route to a 123-78 victory on February 9, 2014. Antetokounmpo tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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